900,000 HDB households to get utilities rebate of up to $95 in April

Households in one- and two-room flats will receive $95, while those in three-room flats will get $85. Families living in four-room flats will receive $75, those in five-room flats will get $65, and those in executive or multi-generation flats will ge
Households in one- and two-room flats will receive $95, while those in three-room flats will get $85. Families living in four-room flats will receive $75, those in five-room flats will get $65, and those in executive or multi-generation flats will get $55.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - About 900,000 Singaporean households will receive a GST Voucher to offset part of their utilities bills in April, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Monday (April 2).

Households in one- and two-room Housing Board flats will receive $95, while those in three-room flats will get $85, MOF said in a statement.

Families living in four-room flats will receive $75, those in five-room flats will get $65, and those in executive or multi-generation flats will get $55.

Households whose members own more than one property are not eligible for this GST Voucher.

The Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebate is one of three components under the permanent GST Voucher scheme, which aims to help lower overall household expenses. It is distributed every three months.

The annual rebate has enabled households in one- and two-room Housing Board flats to receive support equivalent to three to four months of their utilities bills on average, MOF said.

For those living in three- and four-room flats, the rebate provides them with support equivalent to one to two months of utilities bills, the ministry added.

It was previously announced in Budget 2018 that eligible households will receive additional $20 a year for three years, from 2019 to 2021.

 

"This will help households adjust to the carbon tax when it is implemented from 2019," said MOF, which added that the additional rebate amount will, on average, cover the expected increase in electricity and gas expenses for households.

The rebate is expected to cost the Government $265 million in a year, starting from July last year.